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Qualified GP workforce shrinks by almost 700 in 12 months


Please no lazy journalism! “However when registrars are included....” is inaccurate. NHS Digital have changed their counting methodology and are now getting GP placement information from HEE Trainee Information System (TIS). This should be a red flag when there is a shift in numbers. Noise signal. The footnote indicates that the GP registrar figures now include Foundation doctors in GP placements. I have long been irritated about counting specialty trainees as GPs. NHS Digital does not count specialty registrars in other specialties as “consultants”. In my opinion counting foundation doctors as GPs is a step too far and the RCGP and BMA should call NHS Digital out on this one instead of meekly accepting fake news. I have not seen the individual level data so I don’t know how much of the “growth” can be attributed to foundation doctors. There may be genuine growth in GP registrars. However it is not training throughout that matters, but (i) output and (ii) conversion to substantive NHS workforce. The assumptions for both of these in all the stock and flow models that I have examined are wildly optimistic.

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23 Nov 2018

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